After losing her job, single mother, Monique Smith found herself unemployed and in need of training to pursue a career that would allow her to provide for her family.
In April 2018, Monique contacted the Arkansas Workforce Center in Benton to find out what opportunities where available. Later, she enrolled in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Dislocated Worker Program, and shortly after, gained admission to UA-Pulaski Tech’s Respiratory Therapy Program.
While attending UA-Pulaski Tech’s Respiratory Therapy Program, she maintained a positive attitude and never loss her drive to enhance her skills for the betterment of her future. Due to her dedication, she not only received her degree in Respiratory Therapy, she graduated from UA Pulaski Technical College in 2019, and later received gainful employment at Arkansas Children’s Hospital earning a wage of $23.50 per hour.
Despite her obstacles, the Dislocated Worker Program allowed Monique to crush her barriers and succeed in obtaining her degree and a new career in the Health Care Industry.